Note: Join us over the next five weeks as we look back at the top moments of the 2016-2017 seasons. New features will be released each Monday and Thursday as we count down top moment through July and into August.
Wildcat men's soccer capped off their fourth season with a trip to the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Championships in November.
The event, hosted by JWU at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, saw the 'Cats enter the tournament as the second overall seed. JWU took on Central Christian College in the semifinals on Friday, November 11. After falling behind 1-0 in the 17th minute, freshman Mark Ramirez-Tapia (Longmont, Colo.) scored his first goal of the season in the 38th minute, taking a pass from Mitchel Erickson (Pueblo West, Colo.) and knocking it past the Tiger's keeper to tie the match 1-1. Neither team were able to find a second goal in regulation or extra time, as the game was sent to penalty kicks to determine who would advance. Tanner Hoffman (Sioux Falls, S.D.) found the game winner for JWU, converting his attempt to put JWU up 4-3 on penalties and advance to the Championship game.
On Saturday, the Wildcats faced off against #24 Georgia Gwinnett College. The 'Cats forced GGC to make an save early as Erickson tested the Grizzlies keeper. Georgia Gwinnett went up 1-0 in the 33rd minute. The Grizzlies added a second goal in the 73rd minute to go up 2-0 and on their way to the win. The Wildcats picked up the runners-up trophy and had saw four members of the squad earn all-tournament honors. The players recognized were: Dean Rounsevell (Port Macquarie, Australia), Erickson, Ramirez-Tapia, and Hoffman.
The 2016 season was the best season in program history for the Wildcats as they finished 9-7-4 and made their first appearance in the conference championship game.
Top Moments of 2016-2017
#1 - August 3
#2 - July 31
#3 - July 27 - Men's Soccer are runners-up at A.I.I. Championships
#4 - July 24 - McCorra Ford named All-America Honorable Mention
#5 - July 20 - Lucas Prolow and Mitchel Erickson named Academic All-Americans
#6 - July 17 - Kelley McLain records 1,000th career kill
#7 - July 13 - Andrew Bonner becomes program's leading scorer
#8 - July 10 - Kyra Gangemi nets sock trick and becomes program goals leader
#9 - July 6 - Women's Soccer makes postseason history
#10 - July 3 - Albert Rodriguez qualifies for NAIA Indoor Nationals